Recent & Upcoming Programs

Chinese Culture Talks (CCT): Environmental Protection and Resource Management in China: Challenges and Development

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Apr 20, 2023 I 6-7:30pm Beijing Time (UTC+8)
In this talk, Professor Yongqin David Chen will introduce the major environmental problems in China and evaluated the country's environmental and resource sustainability from a historical development perspective, followed by a brief summary of several key environmental and resource management projects in China to wrap up the talk.

About the speaker
Yongqin David Chen is currently the Master of Muse College and a professor of the School of Humanities and Social Science at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and a former Chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with B.S. and M.S. in the mid-1980s and later obtained his Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in the USA. He has published over 130 research papers in international and Chinese journals (including Nature Climate Change, PNAS and other top journals), as well as six book volumes. He has received research awards from the Ministry of Education of China and Chinese Society of Natural Resources, and has been featured in the World’s Top 2% Scientists’ List released by Stanford University. He has been active in serving in various capacities in many universities, professional societies and government advisory committees at local, national, and international levels, including President of the Professional Association for China’s Environment, Vice President of China Environment, Resources and Ecological Conservation Society, Non-Civil Servant member of the Urban Planning Board of Shenzhen, Chairman of Hong Kong Conservation E3 Foundation Ltd., member of the Strategic Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Observatory, etc.
All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested participants are suggested to register in advance.

APRU Becoming a Global Learner Leadership Series

Offered by University of California, Davis
In this free five-session learning series created by UC Davis in partnership with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a cohort of undergraduate students will explore the concepts of culture, cultural values, identity, and power as well as engage in a deeper reflection on how they and others “make meaning”, evaluate intercultural situations, and deal with conflict.



Jan 27, 2023 to Mar 3, 2023
Friday 5-6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Throughout the synchronous virtual sessions, students will gain global skills and understanding that will help prepare them to be leaders in a global world. Sessions will be facilitated by UC Davis Global Affairs staff and they will be interactive, with discussions, activities, and reflections.

Because participation will be limited to a small number of students (30-40) from across the APRU network, students will be able to make connections across the Asia-Pacific region and engage meaningfully with their peers.

We welcome a range of majors and backgrounds as these global skills are important regardless of your future career path.

Program DatesSession Time
Jan 275pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 35pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 105pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 245pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Mar 35pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, although we will also ensure that there is a balance of participants from different APRU institutions. Additionally, if you are selected, you must commit to attending all five synchronous online sessions in the series. The application deadline is 21 November 2022.

"3 Minutes of Inspiration for Sustainable Development" Osaka University Student Video Contest 2023

Offered by Osaka University
How can we contribute to solving social issues and help achieve SDGs? The video contest organized by Osaka University may become your first step in taking an action and making a difference in your locality, community, society, and the world by sharing your ideas from wherever you are!

Entry Deadline I Oct 22, 2023
Video Submission Deadline I Oct 31, 2023
Awards Ceremony & Student Forum I Dec 15, 2023
Launched in 2021, this year the video contest is coming back with many more awesome prizes! All students at Osaka University’s partner universities worldwide, including APRU universities, are invited to join and actively participate in this contest.

If you are interested in

  • Sharing your ideas about how you can make a difference in your locality, community, society, and the world from the perspectives of the SDGs—in a 3-minute-video
  • Engaging in a dialogue with other students from all around the world with contest winners at the “Student Forum 2023”

Join the video contest and stand a chance to win the Grand Prize at 100,000JPY! A certificate will be issued for all entries. Individual or group entry are both welcome.

Let’s act proactively to achieve the SDGs—together, we can construct a better future!

For more information, please visit the contest website.
All students from APRU member universities are welcome. Interested participants should register their interests to submit an entry by October 22, 2023.